13.29 prakṛtyaiva ca karmāṇi (Original)

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Chapter 13

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prakṛtyaiva ca karmāṇi
kriyamāṇāni sarvaśaḥ
yaḥ paśyati tathātmānam
akartāraṁ sa paśyati

‘He seeth, who so seeth that by matter alone are all acts enacted1; seeth that likewise ātma is not actor.’

Whoso sees —that all actions proceed from the agency of matter in the manner previously averred in:

‘For creating effect and instruments, matter is said to be the cause’ (Gi: XIII-20); and sees that the soul being one of intelligence is not the actor; and therefore sees, that it is ignorance in the shape of karma, that brings about (1) the associating with matter, (2) the condition of informing2 it, and (3) the experiencing of joys and griefs occasioned thereby, —such a man— sees ātma in its true light.

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  1. Cp. Bh: Gi: III-2728; Cp: with Tyndall’s Fragments of Science, p: 495 (Longmans, 1896). “The principle of every change resides in matter…….., in nature the agent works within, being the most active and mobile part of the material itself.”
  2. meaning: ruling over

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